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Hanna Pappius turns 96

Leading neuroscientist expanded our understanding of cerebral edema

One of The Neuro’s most distinguished scientists, Hanna Pappius, celebrates her 96th birthday today.

Over more than 40 years as a researcher at The Neuro, she made significant contributions to her field by pursuing studies on cerebral edema, a build up of fluid around the brain causing an increase in pressure. Cerebral edema is often caused by brain injury, and Hanna Pappius also studied the effects of brain injury on neurotransmitter and receptor mechanisms. Professor Pappius published more than 100 scientific papers over her distinguished career. She also co-authored a book entitled Brain Electrolytes and Fluid Metabolism, now considered a classic in the field.

Among her numerous honours are the Order of Canada, the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada (1992), the 1993 Award from the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of Polish culture in the world and a Lifetime Achievement Award (2005) in recognition to her lifelong commitment to The Neuro. In 2009 the honorific Emerita Professor was conferred upon her by McGill University in recognition of her years of devoted and meritorious service as Full Professor.

Dr. Guy Rouleau, The Neuro’s director, and neuroscientist Edith Hamel, a longtime friend and colleague of Hanna Pappius, sent video birthday wishes.

"How nice to be remembered by my old friends at The Neuro on my birthday, considering how many have passed," says Pappius. "The Neuro was my second home for so many years, and needless to say, I have many dear memories of all the people who touched my life while I was there. I so enjoy this opportunity to be in touch with you and to reminisce about all the different people who made, and still make. The Neuro such a great place."




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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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